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Geevor Tin Mine

Age group: 5+

Location: MID Cornwall

 

Contact: nr Penzance, TR19 7EW

TEL: 01736 788662

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Geevor, near St Just in west Cornwall, was a working mine up until 1990. The underground tour here takes you from the light into the dark, from the 20th century mine down into the early days of mining. Take in the atmosphere and ambience of the miners dry, which has been left almost exactly as it was on the day the last working miner left.

 

Today the site at Geevor consists of over 40 surface buildings. In common with most other 20th century industrial sites, these buildings were built to perform their function with the minimum of initial outlay. Set in 67 acres, Geevor is one of the largest mining history sites in the UK. Panning can be found on the Tin Floors in the Mill. Here you can have a go at this ancient method of prospecting for valuable heavy metals and you can keep anything you find!

 

The Geevor guides will take you around the workings, sharing their mining experiences with you. Get coated up and keep your hard hats on as you go from the 20th century mine down into the early days of mining.

 

Geevor has a diverse and interesting collection which includes rocks and minerals, mining tools, plus Geevor and Holman’s engineering artefacts. Throughout the working life the mine, maintenance was undertaken only when required and at minimum costs, and following the International Tin Crash in 1985, nothing beyond essential work was undertaken. The mine closed in 1991 and was purchased by Cornwall County Council in 1992.

 

 

Open Sunday to Friday (closed Saturday's) from 10am until 5pm, with last entry for tours one hour before closing.

St Just 3 miles, Lands End 8 miles, Penzance 8 miles, St Ives 12 miles